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Great New Girl in Town...Mary Beth's (Greenville SC) Report

powderhound | May 11, 200805:13 PM

Looking for a perfect breakfast or lunch downtown? Head to Mary Beth's in McBee Station. My visit was on the restaurant daunting Mother's Day. Our party of 8 arrived at 11:00 and were seated in less than 5 minutes. No reservations accepted but the crew at Mary Beth's adroitly handles and accommodates a crowd.

Service was prompt, light-hearted and professional. It really set the tone for a great meal. The menu is a combination of breakfast (served all day) and lunch (served after 11:00a). The offerings are accessible to all palettes yet astutely accomplished in each outing. I had French crepes with a strawberry compote. The crepes were thin perfection, with a delicate kiss of citrus. I opted for the strawberry compote and I was rewarded with a freshly made, awesome compote. In a really great "break the mold" way, it reminded me of how much abysmal mediocrity I have been served recently. This breakfast choice was light, refreshing with a sweet hint of decadence. More on the true decadent side, my husband ordered a classic eggs benedict. They have a few intriguing variations of eggs benedict but he is a traditionalist. He is a confessed benedict snob; once his meal arrived, I did not hear anything from him. No conversation. No offering of a bite nothing. The man was in hollandaise bliss (a weak, ill-prepared hollandaise is usually the deal breaker)! When he rejoined the conversation, he smiled and pronounced Mary Beth's to have "the best". OMG. I wish I had bought the plate to frame. Others at the table enjoyed mixed field green salads (with ultra-thin apple slices, candied pecans and basil balsamic vinagrette) topped with seared ahi ("perfectly cooked, quality cut"); grilled chicken ("so flavorful and juicy"); and grilled sirloin ("served cold but, a delightful taste. Definitely worked).

Mary Beth's features a daily fish and soup. We did not partake however, the potato crusted grouper, pan-sautéed then finished with a white wine butter sauce sent my low-fat brain into overdrive telling my begging tummy "no"! Soup of the day was salmon chowder. Again, did not try but I like the concept.

The atmosphere is bright and crisp. The menu inviting and intriguing (asian barbeque chicken sandwich on ciabatta to a turkey, apple and brie on baguette to an applewood-smoked bacon waffle and many delightful stops in between). A few tables are available outside and I cannot think of a better place to ease into a perfect Greenville Saturday, fork in hand, smile in place. Mary Beth's is a girl's best friend.

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